Krystal Greene, an Inglewood High teacher and College Summit advisor, says, “They need to know that even if you have [a grade point average in the] twos, you can still go to a college; you can go to a Cal State. I see more students who are excited and expecting to go to college now.”
Maybe they can get into Cal State. But will they have the reading and math skills to take for-credit classes and earn a degree? Boosting college enrollment rates is meaningless if the students who go to college get stuck in remedial classes and then quit in frustration.
My niece, who’s starting her sophomore year in college, tutors low-income high school students and worked in a summer program that brought students on campus to study and live in the dorms. The focus is on helping students improve academically so that college is not just a dream but a realistic choice.